Two of the biggest challenges when it comes to organizing refrigerators is accessing what you need and refilling consistently. It’s critical to find refrigerator storage compartments that neatly organize your fridge and make it easy for all members of your household to see exactly what’s inside (because we’ve all forgotten those leftovers from who knows when).
To avoid food waste and make the most of our favorite food processors, we asked five organizational experts for their secrets to turning an unorganized refrigerator into a food-lovers paradise. Below, we’ve rounded up ten organizer-approved refrigerator storage bins and food storage tips so you can take control of your grocery shopping. And if you’re struggling with your dry goods, check out our pantry organizing tips to learn more!
1. Tidy up and categorize
The first step to organizing your fridge is to clear out all your fridge bins and categorize them by product type. By emptying your crisper drawer and storage shelves, you can see exactly what products you already have, which products are past their best before date, and quickly wipe your fridge to remove any residue. Next, Jessica Litman, CEO and founder of the Organized Mama, recommends categorizing your food items by fruits, vegetables, spices, etc. to get a sense of which categories need the most space in your fridge.
2. Double the drawer dividers
If your refrigerator already has drawers, Ashley Murphy, co-founder of NEAT Method, recommends using drawer dividers to keep your refrigerator drawers neat and tidy. “Expandable drawer dividers keep items separate in your drawers,” she explains. “This prevents things from all bouncing and sliding all over the place.”
3. Maximize shelf space with stackable drawers
If you have limited shelf space, the most effective way to double your storage space is to add stackable acrylic or clear plastic drawers, says Jessica. They’re great because you can see exactly what’s in them and easily get what you need out of them, they stack, fit in almost any item in your fridge, and are dishwasher safe. Pro tip: Measure the width of your shelves before purchasing drawer organizers to ensure you get the most out of the space.
4. Use a can organizer
Storing your cans is an easy way to give your fridge a more unified look and make on-the-go drinks more accessible. Lisa Zaslow, a home organization expert and founder of Gotham Organizers, recommends organizers that allow you to place products or stackable drawers on top. That way you maximize all your space and store your cans.
5. Invest in Product-Saving Products
Keeping produce fresh can be one of the biggest challenges in your refrigerator. Lisa recommends using product savers to extend the life of products and herbs. According to Lisa, “they reduce the ethylene gas that contributes to spoilage, they maintain airflow around food, and they have vents to ensure good humidity.”
6. Keep Spices Together
When your refrigerator or kitchen cabinets are disorganized, it can be challenging to find the specific spice you’re looking for when you’re in a rush. If you have side shelves in your fridge, Jen Martin, founder of Reset Your Nest, recommends putting them there. If not, she recommends using a lazy Susan or narrow acrylic container to keep all your spices together.
7. Pour drinks into matching dispensers
Instead of keeping milk and juices in their bulky containers, pour your favorite beverages into glass dispensers to create a more uniform and aesthetic look. But be sure to include the expiration date, Lisa says, to avoid drinking expired beverages.
8. No More Mismatched Containers
Tupperware can be a painful subject. Whether it’s mismatched lids, stained interiors, or their clunkiness, finding a storage solution that gets you excited about leftovers can be a challenge. That’s why Jen recommends replacing your mismatched or damaged containers with a food-safe, fresh, and uniform set that stacks easily and looks great in your fridge.
9. Put your eggs in the shop window
Eggs are often one of the most used ingredients in our refrigerator. To avoid running out of eggs, Ashley recommends placing them in an egg holder. “Remove your eggs from the container,” she says, “this will provide a uniform appearance and help keep track of when you’re running low.”
10. Label, label, label
Jessica Haizman, a viral organization expert on TikTok, recommends labeling food storage containers in your refrigerator with dry-erase markers, labels, or washi tape. Labeling is key to “make sure you use products before they expire, you want to mark the expiration date,” Jessica says. Plus, it makes it easier for you to identify what’s in each storage bin.